Like A Child

Monday, July 25, 2022



Years ago, I had the opportunity to visit an international ministry’s headquarters. We had worked on a number of projects with this organization at The JOY FM through the years. My then boss Rick and I met with the president of the ministry and had some insightful discussions about the work they did with children around the world.

Like a childDuring the course of our visit, the conversation moved to the subject of humility. I don’t remember the gentleman’s name but I’ve never forgotten a particular sentence he uttered. “It’s hard to get your toes stepped on when you have no rights.”

That may seem like a strange thing to remember, or to say for that matter. Especially given the current cultural climate where so many claim and clamor for so many rights, many of them rightfully so. Yet what he said made perfect sense in the context of our discussion.

As Christians, we are to be humble, to recognize that we, all we are, and all we have belong to God. Paul put it this way, “with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Humility is a tough thing to master. I think that all of us are born with some degree of innate humility. That’s why Jesus used a child as an example of humility, “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

When my son was very young, he wanted to do everything with me. I remember one time I announced that I was going to take out the garbage. Caleb piped up, “Can I help?” Well, it was only one bag and the garbage can was just outside the back door. Before I could tell him no thanks, Teri, my wife, anticipating what I was about to say, said, “He just wants to be with you.” So, I let him help take out the trash. He held the lid of the can while I slam-dunked the bag. He didn’t care what the actual activity was; he just wanted to hang out with dad.

That’s the point, I believe, that Jesus was making when He had that little child stand with Him in front of the disciples. Somewhere during our growing up and “maturing” as human beings, many of us lose that built in humility. But it’s crucial to being effective for the kingdom of God.

This week during Mid Day Prayer Time, weekdays around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, I’ll be sharing scripture references that deal with various aspects of humility and how we can recapture that childlike sense of forgetting ourselves as we seek to be closer to the Father.

Mon               07/25/22      Matthew 18:1-6

Tue                 07/26/22      Luke 14:7-11

Wed               07/27/22      Luke 14:12-14

Thu                 07/28/22      Luke 18:9-14

Fri                   07/29/22      Philippians 2:1-8


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